Follow up to an Open Letter

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Photo and project posted to Make Projects by Sean Michael Ragan By Mark Walhimer Bangkok, Thailand On Monday I posted an Open Letter about the creating an online database of Science Center exhibits.  The more I think about the issue the more I realize that there is already an existing model; Maker Projects.  I continue to believe the future of …

At 40, Exploratorium still leads in hands-on science

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At 40, Exploratorium still leads in hands-on science By: Katie Worth Examiner November 1, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO — Legend has it that one day in the fall of 1969, Frank Oppenheimer was standing in the cavernous Palace of Fine Arts, tinkering with one of the exhibits he had invented for the hands-on science museum he had long dreamed of opening….

Birth of a Science Center

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Mobius Lab NorthTown Mall 4750 North Division Spokane, Washington  99207 Most Science Centers and Children’s Museums start with a preview facility, often in a mall.  The preview facility offers several advantages: A way to educate the public about Science Centers and Children’s Museums Serve as a training facility for staff Educate and build interest with stakeholders and donors Create a …

Schizophrenic Smithsonian

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Link to Slide Show The Concorde and the Boeing Dash 80 are surrounded by smaller aircraft on the south end of the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Photo by, Carolyn Russo, NASM, Smithsonian Institute From the Wall Street Journal July 16, 2009 By Roy J. Harris, JR. Chantilly, Va. Link to Article “The nation’s most-visited exhibition space—the Smithsonian National Air & Space …


Mark Walhimer Emerging Technologies, Interactive, Kinetic Sculpture, Museum Public Programming, Science Center Leave a Comment Hackerspaces are communites of people that gather for “Do it yourself projects” or Maker Movement projects. Most science centers lose visitors at age 12, Hackerspaces is a great way to extend participation for teenagers and adults. Read Museum 2.0 article for more information Machine Project Loves Me from Jeremy Quinn on Vimeo. Machine Project 1200 D North Alvarado Los …

Kinetic Sculptor – Reuben Margolin

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Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reubens artwork is diverse, with sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements like a discrete water droplet or a powerful ocean eddy, his work is elegant and hypnotic. …

Exploratorium – Reflections exhibition

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Click Image for video The Exploratorium 3601 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 563-7337 June 19, 2009-September 20, 2009, Daniel Rozin at the Seeing Gallery of the Exploratorium “The Seeing Gallery is part of the Seeing collection on display at the Exploratorium. The gallery showcases exhibits exploring artists’ perspectives on seeing and perception. This summer’s Reflections exhibition features the …